WITHOUT CONFIDENCE VOTE BSY STEPS DOWN ,END OF HIGH DRAMA: BS YEDYURAPPA RESIGNS AS CHIEF MINISTER

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END OF HIGH DRAMA: BS YEDYURAPPA RESIGNS AS CHIEF MINISTER

H.D Kumara Swamy,  wait for new CM of Karnataka

Bengaluru: 55 hours after swearing in as Chief Minister of Karnataka for the third time, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa declared in his Assembly address that he will not move the motion of the trust vote but would instead, submit his resignation. He said that he will voluntarily support the Congress-JD(S) government.
Yeddyurappa’s turn came after it turned out to be certain that he would fail to demonstrate majority in the house. Yeddyurappa’s renunciation came in under 48 hours after he took pledge as the state Chief Minister, supplanting Congress’ Siddaramiah.
Yeddyurappa’s abdication currently clears path for Janata Dal (Secular) pioneer HD Kumaraswamy to take in charge as the Chief Minister. The Congress and JD(S) went into a post-election alliance to stake claim to frame the government as they had the required magic number to demonstrate majority on the floor of the house.

“The cunningness of the Congress has done a great disservice to the nation. I am resigning as chief minister. I am not moving this motion, I am going straight to Raj Bhavan to submit my resignation”: Yeddyurappa said.
He also thanked the people for supporting him and his party in the election and said emotionally that he would give his life for the people of his State. He also declared confidently that the BJP will win all 228 seats in 2019.
What made the situation harder for Yeddyurappa was the sudden presence of missing Congress MLAs — Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil — it was asserted that they were being held hostage at the Goldfinch Hotel in Bengaluru.

TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR MOTOR BEGINS DELIVERY OF YARIS ACROSS INDIA

TOYOTA KIRLOSKAR MOTOR BEGINS DELIVERY OF YARIS ACROSS INDIA

 

  • Deliveries begin across all authorized Toyota dealerships in the country
  • Toyota has close to 60000 plus customer enquiries on Yaris
  • Around 4000 plus Yaris will be shipped across the country for customers by the end of May.
  • Premium and feature loaded, Yaris boasts of wide range of first-in segment features
  • Safety gets top priority- Yaris is the first car in its class to offer 7 SRS airbags across all variants
  • First car to offer a CVT Option under 10 lakhs in the segment
  • Yaris is priced competitively in the range of 8, 75,000/- to  14, 07,000/- and will be available in the following grades and Initial Introductory Ex-showroom price (these prices will be the same across the country)
Variant MT CVT
J ₹ 8,75,000/- ₹ 9,95,000/-
G ₹ 10,56,000/- ₹ 11,76,000/-
V ₹ 11,70,000/- ₹ 12,90,000/-
VX ₹ 12,85,000/- ₹ 14,07,000/-

 

Bangalore : Toyota Kirloskar Motor today launched its versatile sedan –Yaris in India fueling excitement across country. As one of the most anticipated cars of the year, Yaris boasts of advanced and emotional design, superior comfort, shining ride quality and quietness, dynamic efficiency and class-leading safety and technology. Customers can make their bookings at any of the authorized Toyota dealerships across the country with deliveries beginning from today. Toyota expects to deliver around 1000 plus Yaris to customers on first day of the delivery.

Based on the ‘one nation one selling price’ strategy*, Yaris is now available across all dealerships (All India) at the same price at an attractive range of ₹ 8, 75,000/- to ₹ 14, 07,000/. *Prices will be same across the country at ex-showroom level, however the final on road price may vary based on local road tax and levies. Unveiled earlier this year at the India Auto Expo 2018, the new sedan comes in four grades and mated to a 7 speed CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) or 6 speed MT (Manual Transmission) engine, offering effortless and dynamic driving.

Built on the Toyota philosophy of QDR, Yaris offers 11 first-in-segment features such as the Power Driver Seat, 7 SRS Airbags, Roof Mounted Air Vents, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Front Parking Sensors, CVT across all grades and more.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Akito Tachibana, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said “Toyota is here to deliver ever better cars that set a benchmark in safety, quality, durability and reliability. Indian car market is highly competitive and customer preferences are changing with time and exposure to globalized products. Yaris is the most celebrated sedan globally and comes loaded with range of first in segment features.  We have prioritized customer safety in the car offering class leading safety features.  We are happy that the strengths of the product has been recognized, we are confident that Yaris will be a standard on the Indian roads when it comes to matching up with the evolving taste of Indian customers.  We would like to thank customers for the confidence and trust they have shown to Toyota products over the years”

Commenting on the overwhelming response, Mr. N. Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “We have received overwhelming response from customers across India. We are happy that in less than a month of announcing the price and opening the bookings, we have collected nearly two months equivalent of customer orders. In line with our customer first approach, we had started our production last month itself to cater to be able to match our supply to the customer demand and reduce the waiting period as much as possible. We look forward to shipping around 4000 plus Yaris across the country for customers by the end of May. We hope to service all these customer orders by the end of this month which will take us amongst the top 3 in sales in the petrol segment.

In addition we have 60000 plus customer enquiries on Yaris which gives us the confidence that the customers are recognizing the value propositions that this product has to offer in the market. With the test drives already having begun across the country we are sure to see more conversions into customer orders taking place

Toyota has always strived to keep up with the evolving customer needs and with the Toyota Yaris we have ensured that we offer unbeatable safety, comfort, quality and excellent ride handling with advanced and emotional design elements.  We are confident that this car will cater to customers with a discerning taste who are constantly on the lookout for something better. With the CVT option available across all grades it will also be well accepted by woman drivers in India. “

*Prices will be same across the country at ex-showroom level, however the final on road price may vary based on local road tax and levies.

 

For more information, customers can visit https://www.toyotabharat.com/  for more details

 

First in Segment Features

7 SRS airbags – D+P airbags, Side airbags, Curtain Shield Airbags (CSA) and knee airbag] CVT in all grades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Roof mounted Air Vents with Ambient Illumination
Power Driver Seat Front Parking Sensor

 

Acoustic & Vibration Control Glass

 

 

 

 

 

4.2” TFT MID with Eco wallet
Hand / Air Gesture Audio

 

60:40 Split Rear Seats
Line guide in RCL

 

Product Details:

1.      Safety

 

Ø  7 SRS Airbags (D+P airbags, Side airbags, Curtain Shield Airbags (CSA) and Knee airbag)

Ø  Anti-Lock Braking System(ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Ø  Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Ø  Vehicle Stability Control

Ø  Hill-Start Assist Control

Ø  Front & Rear Parking Sensor

Ø  Impact Sensing Door Unlock

Ø  Rear Camera

Ø  Follow-me-home Headlamps

Ø  Automatic Headlamps

Ø  ISOFIX Child Seats

Ø  Rain Sensing Wipers

Ø  Front Fog lamps

Ø  Rear Fog Lamps

2.      Technology/ Features

 

Ø  Power Driver Seat

Ø  Roof mounted air vents with ambient illumination for rear passengers

Ø  Fuel Saving Calculator on MID

Ø  Touch Screen Navigation Audio with Smart Phone Connectivity

Ø  Parking Sensor Display on MID

Ø  Optitron Meter with 4.2’’ TFT Display

3.      Comfort

 

Ø  High Solar Energy Absorbing (HSEA), IR cut, Acoustic & Vibration Control Glass for Windshield & Doors for quieter cabin

Ø  Rear Armrest with Cup holders

Ø  Rear Sunshade

Ø  Leather Upholstery with perforations

Ø  Rear power outlets

Ø  Smart Entry with Push Start

Ø  Adjustable Headrest for all passengers including rear

Ø  Steering-mounted Audio & MID Controls

4.      Performance

 

Ø  1.5 L Dual VVT-i Gasoline Engine

Ø  7-Speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and 6-Speed Manual Transmission (MT)

Ø  All 4 Disc Brakes

Ø  Alloy Wheels

Ø  Paddle Shift for CVT

Ø  Cruise Control

Ø  Strong Body for Enhanced Comfort

5.      Design

 

Ø  Projector Headlamps

Ø  LED Line Guide in Headlamp & Tail Lamps

Ø  LED Rear Combi Lamp

Ø  Wide Lower Grille

Ø  Piano Black Interiors

Ø  Waterfall design Instrumental Panel

Ø  Daytime Running Lamps

Ø  Shark Fin Antenna

Ø  Stitch on Instrumental Panel

 

 

Overview of TKM

Company name Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Equity participation TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%
Number of employees Approx. 7, 000 +
Land area Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area 74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacity Up to 3,10,000 units

 

Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

Established October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
Location Bidadi
Products Innova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.
Installed Production capacity Upto 1,00,000 units


Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of Production December 2010
Location On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
Products Corolla Altis, Etios, Etios Liva, Etios Cross, Camry & Camry Hybrid, Yaris
Installed Production capacity Upto 2,10,000 units

INDIAN ELITE CONTINGENT TO BE HEADLINED BY COURSE RECORD HOLDER SURESH KUMAR & POSTER GIRLS OF INDIAN ATHLETICS – LALITA BABAR & SWATI GADHAVE

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INDIAN ELITE CONTINGENT TO BE HEADLINED BY COURSE RECORD HOLDER SURESH KUMAR & POSTER GIRLS OF INDIAN ATHLETICS – LALITA BABAR & SWATI GADHAVE

India’s and the World’s best athletes converge on the streets of Namma Bengaluru

Bengaluru : As the city counts down to the 11th edition of the TCS World 10K, on Sunday the 27th of May, race promoters Procam International today announced the Indian Elite line-up for the TCS World 10K, a Gold Label race. The Indian elite line-up boasts of a complementary mix of recent champions and course record holders, while registrations for all other categories closed at a whopping 24,088 runners.

Of the over 24 thousand registered runners, 15,200 participants have registered in the Open 10K, which is an increase of 1,495 from last year’s numbers. The elite start will boast of 105 of the World’s best track and road racers, including the Half Marathon World Champion: Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta, along with defending champion Alex Korio. Bringing color to the spirit of running in Namma Bengaluru on Sunday, the 27th of May will be 7,150 participants in the Majja Run category, 952 Senior Citizens and 486 participants in the Champions with Disability category.

Commenting on their association with the event as title Sponsor, Nagaraj Ijari, Vice President, Head TCS Bengaluru Operations, said, “Tata Consultancy Services is delighted to be associated as the title sponsor of TCS World 10k in Namma Bengaluru since the last 8 years. The run this year is special to us as it marks the 50 years of TCS and the 150th anniversary of the Tata group. We are proud that this has grown in stature and popularity and today it has become a premier event of Bengaluru. The race attracts runners not just from the city but across the globe. TCS world 10K is a great way to increase our engagement with the community, raise funds for charity as well as create societal awareness about the necessity of good health and fitness. At Tata Consultancy Services we encourage both TCSers and their families to participate across all the race categories. This year too, over 4,000 TCS associates, their families and customers will participate in the TCS World 10K Bengaluru while contributing to a social cause. TCS will continuously strive to promote wellness and a culture of giving back to society within the organization through events such as the TCS World 10K Bengaluru.”

Adding to the fervor of this year’s run, Dilip Jayaram, CEO, Procam International shared, “The TCS World 10K has through its eleven years of existence attracted the best road and track racers from across the world. This year, we are honored to have the World Champions headlining our elite line-up, a true testament to the stature this run has gained globally.”

Continuing, Dilip Jayaram said, “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the civic authorities for all their support in ensuring we are on course to hold yet another successful run, while the city is in the midst of transition. We extended our deepest gratitude for all their efforts.”

Elite line-up to be headlined by India’s best

This year’s run will also showcase some of India’s premier running talents including the current course record holder, Suresh Kumar (29.49 secs in 2015), who has won the prestigious title thrice and finished with the Silver Medal in the 2016 edition of the run. Suresh also enters the line-up with Silver Medals from the 10,000m and 5,000m events at the SAF Games in 2017. His main challengers include, Bugatha Srinu, who made the podium in his debut appearance at the TATA Mumbai Marathon 2018; local hero, Belliappa A.B ; Podium finisher at the TATA Mumbai Half Marathon 2018, Shankar Man Thappa and others that include Podium finisher at the Mumbai Marathon 2017, Sachin Patil, Karan Singh, and Govind Singh.

The Indian women’s elite field will be headlined by the defending champion of the TCS World 10K Saigeetha Naik (36.01 seconds), with challenges from 2012 TCS World 10K Champion and the female half-marathon champion at the 2018 Guwahati Half Marathon, Monika Athare; Bronze Medal winner in the 5,000m run at the Asian Track & Field Championship, Sanjivani Jadhav. Additionally, Lalita Babar, the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic finals in 32 years and placed 10th in Rio as well as seasoned runner and Swati Gadhave, who has represented India’s elite athletes all over the world will be looking to make a comeback this year. Rajkot half-marathon winner Manju Yadav, whose spunk and surprises won her the half-marathon in Rajkot last year, along with Minakshi Patil and Dimple Singh, will make the race dynamic and fast-paced.

In-Stadia experience

Providing an incomparable race experience for all the amateur runners, apart from the warm-up and recovery zones, this year’s elite runs are scheduled to commence post a significant time-gap from the amateur start times, allowing runners to complete their personal runs and return to the stadium to catch the World Champions chart new course records. This scheduling, implemented from 2017, has proved to be one of the most exciting moments of the TCS World 10K experience, with the whole stadium cheering on the World’s best athletes to photo-finishes.

This year, Thaikkudam Bridge, reputed for their expression of the social, political and cultural regime will perform adding to the festivities in-stadia.

The TCS World 10K on a green path

We continue our efforts to be a 100% waste managed event. A 6-member committee, co-chaired by N.S. Ramakanth & Ramprasad Viswanathan, Co-Founder – Friends of Lakes, Bengaluru along with members from CSOs (Swabhimaan & India Cares Foundation) and the running community. The committee has directed initiatives and processes to ensure adequate housekeeping including segregation at source and waste management of the event. All the Bio degradable & non-bio degradable waste like Plastic, Tetrapak would be

recycled and managed till the last mile. The on-ground and course waste management will be handled by Hasiru Dala Innovations.

The use of alternate products and materials will also be encouraged at this year’s run. Plastic is being avoided to the feasible extent possible for eg: the participant’s running number bibs will be distributed without any packaging and the medals will be handed out in fabric pouches. All food waste will be sent to the piggery and unutilized food & fruits will be distributed via Swabhimaan. The Green Team will identify and sort the dry waste into different grades and sell it to respective category-focused recycling supply chain management systems. All flex and branding material used during the Event will be transported to the CSO Swabhimaan at their workstation in Ejipura, which will then be converted to slum shelters and covers for crops, that are used by farmers in Kanakpura.

Urban Forest at Madiwala Lake

In 2011, Procam International took on the challenge of converting the barren land along the periphery of Madiwala Lake in Bengaluru to green and lush urban forest. Around 2.25 acres of space was slotted for afforestation by the Madiwala Lake and Tank Foundation, a committee under the Karnataka State Forest Department, Government of Karnataka.

Named “The World 10K Urban Forest” the land was used to plant and nurture saplings that could be planted across the Madivala Lake area. All the saplings planted have now blossomed into fully grown trees, some of which are fruit-bearing. Additionally, there are hundreds of plants that are cultivated in the nursery and then planted in and around the area. The entire stretch, once barren, now has substantial greenery and has become a frequently visited public space for the locals. The area also boasts a butterfly park with an impressive 45 different species of butterflies documented.

Cubbon Park Rejuvenation Project:

The project, a first of its kind, in revival and water conservation in the country, enabled by India Cares Foundation, Friends of Lakes & Biome and under the aegis of the TCS World 10K Bengaluru, has completed Phase 1 by providing a minimum of 65,000 Litres of Water, every day, for Cubbon Park. Conceived by Vishwanath S, popularly known as the Zen Rainman of Biome Environmental Solutions & Ramprasad Vishwanathan, Founder Convener of Friends of Lakes, the project involved working with indigenous communities of well diggers from Karnataka and re-vitalizing the 7 existing wells of Cubbon Park. Post the de-silting & cleaning of the wells, 6 of these wells were interconnected using pipes (made from recycled plastic) and electric motors now providing 75% of the water supply as needed by the Horticulture Department in Cubbon Park.

The second phase of the CPR would see the 2 water bodies inside Cubbon Park being revived. During the coming months, there will be intense cleaning, repairs and construction of silt traps. Taking advantage of the rains this year, the project looks at strengthening bunds as well as making sure there is optimal collection of rainwater in the lakes. Additionally rain water re-charge wells are being planned to ensure the required water security of the 200 acre Park for many more decades. The team will identify and study existing pathways to the Kalyanis and dig rain water wells with the help of 12-15 traditional well diggers from the Manu Vadar community, with the aim to finish the project in 2019.

The run has also taken the Cubbon Park Rejuvenation Program further by giving everyone the chance to contribute towards the project to safeguard Bengaluru’s lung space, the total project cost, of all phases, is INR 95 lakh. Donations can be given in at: http://icfn.in/tcsworld10k/CPR/

Godrej Properties powers Mirchi Get Active Expo:

Set to take place at the Elaan Convention Centre in JP Nagar, the Godrej Properties powered Mirchi Get Active Expo on the 24th, 25th & 26th of May will be a haven for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike. In addition to CPR Training and sessions by fitness experts, the expo will also debut a flea market and have a program run by stand-up comedian Sanjay Manaktala. Participating runners will also be able to collect their running bibs during the expo between 10.30 am and 5.00 pm on the dates.

YEDDYURAPPA ‘ONE-DAY’ CM, LACKS NUMBERS: CONGRESS

YEDDYURAPPA ‘ONE-DAY’ CM, LACKS NUMBERS: CONGRESS

NEW DELHI: Stepping up its attack on the BJP after its leader BS Yediyurappa was sworn-in as Karnataka chief minister on Thursday, the Congress claimed he will turn out to be a “one-day chief minister” as he lacks majority and challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to prove the numbers by Friday.

The Congress also attacked Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, accusing him of encountering Constitution twice, first by inviting the BJP to form government on Wednesday and allowing Yeddyurappa to take oath on Thursday while a matter in this connection is set to be heard on Friday by the Supreme Court.

The Congress and the JD(S) had on Wednesday night jointly petitioned before the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the oath-taking ceremony, as communicated by the governor to the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa. The court did not stay the swearing-in ceremony and the next hearing in the case is scheduled for tomorrow.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also announced that his party will protest the Governor’s decision tomorrow by holding dharnas across the country.

“Yeddyurappa will turn out one-day chief minister… His fate as CM is dependent on the court hearing,” he told reporters here.

“How come the Governor invite them to form government when the BJP does not have numbers to do so… the Governor has encountered the Constitution twice… he has murdered democracy,” Surjewala said, alleging that the governor was working at the behest of the BJP’s central leadership.

Hitting back at Shah over his “Congress murdered democracy” barb, Surjewala dared him and Modi to prove the BJP’s majority tomorrow itself on the floor of the Karnataka legislative assembly.

“If you (Modi and Shah) have courage of conviction, have belief in the Constitution, have faith in democracy, we dare you to prove your majority tomorrow itself on the floor of Karnataka legislative assembly and the truth will win and democracy shall win for you will be decisively decimated and defeated,” the Congress leader said.

Attacking the Congress earlier in the day, Shah said that democracy was murdered the moment a “desperate” Congress made an “opportunist” offer to the JD(S) to form the government in Karnataka for “petty political gains”. “The ‘Murder of Democracy’ happens the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to the JD(S), not for Karnataka’s welfare but for their petty political gains. Shameful!” he said in a tweet.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the southern state winning 104 seats, but is short of a simple majority.

On the other hand, the Congress and JD(S), which have already announced post-poll tie-up, have won 78 and 37 seats respectively and claimed before Vala to have numbers to form government in the state.

The governor has given the BJP 15 days’ time to prove its majority.

A QUICK SESSION TO BAN HORSE TRADING IS APPROPRIATE: JUSTICE HEGDE

A QUICK SESSION TO BAN HORSE TRADING IS APPROPRIATE: JUSTICE HEGDE

Hyderabad: The Lokayukta retired Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the Lokayukta seeking a ” Said Santosh Hegde.

“No party has won a majority. But only the unconstitutional way of treading up to the majority of people has raised concerns over me. If this is to be missed, the only solution is to call for a quick session, “he said.

“The Supreme Court’s judgment should be noted in the SR Bomayi case before allowing BS Yeddyurappa to form government. The verdict clearly states that the majority of them have to prove within the Assembly not to be outside of the Assembly, “said Hegde.

Proposed by the state of Goa and Manipur state assembly, he has the opportunity to form a government with a large party, though not a majority. But ultimately it would have to prove its majority in the House.

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Kalaburagi: Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Bahujan Samaj Party and Janata Dal (Secular) criticised Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision at a joint press conference here on Thursday. CPI(M) leader Maruti Manpade said that the Governor was like a puppet in the hands of the BJP and the RSS since he had invited the BJP to form the government in the State, despite the fact that the party did not possess the required numbers to do so.

Manpade cited the examples of the Assembly elections in Bihar, Nagaland, Goa, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir, where the BJP was invited to form the government in a post-poll coalition and condemned the Governor for not following the same procedure in Karnataka. He also added that the BJP and its leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “hell-bent on destroying democracy and the Constitution.”

District Secretary of the JD(S) Devegowda Tellur claimed that providing a 15-day period for the BJP to prove its majority on the floor was an incentive for the party to indulge in ‘horse trading’. He also criticised Chief Minister Yeddyurappa’s announcement of waiving farm loans up to Rs. 1 lakh borrowed from nationalised banks. “Having no majority in the House, it is just a care-taker government. It cannot take major decisions till it proves its majority. Waiver of farm loans was meant not for implementation, but for publicity,” he said.

WITH HIS POLITICAL FUTURE HANGING BY A SLENDER THREAD- DAMOCLES SWORD HANGING ON HEAD, YEDDYURAPPA SWORN IN AS CM

WITH HIS POLITICAL FUTURE HANGING BY A SLENDER THREAD- DAMOCLES SWORD HANGING ON HEAD, YEDDYURAPPA SWORN IN AS CM

Bengaluru: With his political future hanging by a slender thread, B S Yeddyrappa was today sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the third time amid protests by the JD(S)-Congress combine whose MLAs hunkered down in resorts and hotels following alleged attempts at poaching by the BJP.

Yeddyurappa was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala, who controversially invited him to form the government yesterday despite the BJP falling short of majority. The 75-year-old Lingayat strongman took the oath alone, in a reflection of continued uncertainty over the longevity of his term in office after the newly formed JD(S)- Congress alliance knocked the door of the Supreme Court to stall government formation.

Though the court did not stay the swearing-in, it kept the sword of Damocles hanging over him, making it clear that his stay at the helm of the state’s affairs will be subject to the outcome of the case. Attired in his trademark white safari suit and a green shawl draped around his shoulders, Yeddyurappa took the oath in the name of god and farmers amid loud chants of “Modi, Modi” at a low-profile ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who are usually present at the swearing-in of party chief ministers, were absent. However, Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Anant Kumar attended the ceremony.

Despite the BJP having secured 104 of the 222 seats for which polling was held, eight short of a majority, and facing the challenging task of rustling up the numbers to stay afloat, Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that he would win the confidence vote about which he was “100 per cent sure”.

Vote was taken for only 222 seats following deferment of polling in R R Nagar constituency over allegations of electoral malpractices, and countermanding of election to Jayanagar seat due to the death of the BJP candidate.

“I am sure of winning the vote of confidence and my government completing five years,” Yeddyurappa, who has been given a 15-day window by the governor to prove his majority, told reporters. “I am not going to wait till 15 days, the time period Governor Vajubhai Vala gave, to prove majority in Assembly. I am keen to do it as soon as possible,” he said.

He flayed the JD(S) and the Congress for having entered into an “unholy alliance” to “grab” power in spite of people having “rejected them outright”. Even as Yeddyurappa was taking oath at Raj Bhavan, Congress and JD(S) leaders sat at the feet of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Vidhana Sauda, the state secretariat, to protest against the governor’s decision.

“Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi is misusing his office. The governor’s action is undemocratic and unconstitutional….he is indirectly encouraging horse- trading,” Yeddyurappa’s predecessor Siddramaiah said. “We have gone to the court….we will go to the people. We will tell them that they (the BJP) have no faith in democracy….parliamentary democracy,” he said.

Several top leaders of the Congress, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Gehlot sat on dharna in front of the Mahatma’s statue, and were later joined by JD (S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and the combine’s chief ministerial contender H D Kumaraswamy.

Congress MLAs, who were lodged at Eagleton Resort under the watch of resourceful party MLA and minister in the Siddaramaiah government D K Shivakumar, were brought to the venue for some time before being herded back. The newly elected JD(S) MLAs are staying at a hotel in the state captal.

Attacking the prime minister, Kumaraswamy said he was out to “demolish” democracy. Calling the governor’s decision “unconstitutional”, he claimed the prime minister was using central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate to threaten Congress and JD(S) MLAs to break ranks and support the BJP government.

“How this central government is behaving? This Narendra Modi’s government wants to demolish democracy in the country,” Kumaraswamy told journalists. He said it was probably for the first time that a party without majority was given 15 days to prove it on the floor of the house. “They are threatening and putting pressure on MLAs,” he said.

With Congress MLA fromVijayanagara Anand Singh remaining incommunicado amid speculation about his rejoining the BJP, Kumaraswamy claimed the ED was being used to pressure him due to a pending case. “I have not spoken to Anand Singh. One of the Congress MLAs told me that Singh called him and expressed his problem stating that (central government) offices are being used to pressurise him,” he claimed.

The JD(S)-Congress combine has 115 MLAs, besides the support of one of JD(S)’ pre-poll ally the BSP. It has also claimed support of an independent MLA. Yeddyurappa became the chief minister for the first time in November 2007 but his term in office lasted just seven days as the JD(S) reneged on a power sharing arrangement and walked out of the alliance.

He was made the chief minister once again after the BJP came to power in May 2008 but had to step down in July 2011 following his indictment by the then Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde in an illegal mining case. He is back in the chief minister’s chair for the third time, but with the Supreme Court examining the propriety of his appointment the Lingayat stalwart may not be out of the woods just yet.

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